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Maxwell HOWITZ

Regimental number151
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressTownsville PO, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs H Howitz, 25 Pitt Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Australian Army Service Corps; served for 6 weeks in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Date of death7 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 44), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Allison HOWITZ. Native of Sydney
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Cairns for garrison duty, Thursday Island War Station, 8 August 1914.

Volunteered for service outside Australia, 14 August 1915.

Embarked Thursday Island to take part in the capture of German New Guinea, 16 August 1914.

Taken on strength, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 6 September 1914.

Disembarked at Townsville on account of strike by firemen on troopship, 18 September 1914 (did not participate in the capture of German New Guinea).

Discharged, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 18 September 1914.

Enlisted, Australian Imperial Force, 21 September 1914.

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action (bullet wound shoulder), Gallipoli, 4 May 1915; transferred to Hospital Ship 'Gloucester Castle', 5 May 1915; admitted to No. 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 9 May 1915.

Appointed lance corporal, 20 May 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOWITZ Maxwell

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